Ducati Panigale V4 pre-bookings open in India: There’s something very special in store for the first two buyers

Ducati Panigale V4 is the first ever motorcycle in the Italian manufacturer's line up that is mounted with a four-cylinder engine. For enthusiasts and the motorcycle world, the Panigale V4 marks the beginning of a new era for Ducati.

By: | Updated: January 29, 2018 4:10 PM

Ducati India has announced the start of bookings for the new Panigale V4, the closest Ducati possible to its MotoGP counterpart, the bike that begins an exciting new chapter in Ducati's story. In 2018, the Ducati Panigale V4 will be limited to 20 units in India and each of these reservation made before 31st May, will include an exclusive numbered memorabilia on delivery. On top of that, the first two customers to buy the Panigale V4 will win a sponsored Ducati Riding Experience racetrack course that will be held in June 2018 in Malaysia at the Sepang MotoGP circuit. Under the supervision of professional instructors, the two participants will learn how to get the most out of their Panigale V4 under different riding conditions. The wait is over, a new era has begun.

“Our first announcement in India this year, the Panigale V4 is one of the most eagerly awaited motorcycle in India in 2018”, said Sergi Canovas, Managing Director of Ducati India. “This is the closest enthusiasts can get to owning a MotoGP prototype that is built for both excellent on-track performance and outstanding on-road ridability. We have been overwhelmed with enquiries since the announcement at EICMA and as a result have opened bookings six months before the motorcycle even arrives in India.”

Ducati Panigale V4 is the first production Ducati motorcycle to mount a 4-cylinder engine, derived directly from the MotoGP Desmosedici.. It's a concentrate of Ducati technology, style and performance. With a power/weight ratio of 1.1 hp/kg, this bike sets a whole new standard in the supersport production bike segment. Developed in close collaboration with Ducati Corse, this road bike is the closest thing possible to its MotoGP counterpart.

Called the Desmosedici Stradale, the new V4 engine is set to become yet another Ducati milestone: it will be the first time ever that the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer has equipped a standard production bike with a 4-cylinder engine.

The official unveiling took place in Misano during the San Marino and Rimini Riviera GP, the thirteenth round of the 2017 MotoGP championship. A perfectly natural setting for the presentation, as MotoGP is the proving ground from which the new engine has drawn experience, technology and grit.

While the Desmosedici Stradale engine is undoubtedly suited to the track, it has also been designed to respond to the needs of the road rider. For example, to maximise mid-range torque - essential for a satisfying road experience - and ensure punchy torque and power at lower revs, the engine has a slightly larger displacement than its MotoGP counterpart (1103 cm³, to be precise). Power output from the Euro 4 compliant engine configuration exceeds 210 hp at 13,000 rpm while maximum torque exceeds 120 Nm 12.2 Kgm from 8,750 to 12,250 rpm.

In July 2017, Ducati unveiled what is the last edition of the V-Twin powered Panigale. The Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is a tribute to the twin-cylinder engine, the most victorious in SBK World Championship history.

Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

The new Ducati Panigale V4 will be available in two variants; the Panigale V4 - the essence of the new sports bike - and the Panigale V4 S. The latter mounts Öhlins suspension featuring the Smart EC 2.0 system with a new adjustment interface and top-drawer components such as forged aluminium wheels and the lithium ion battery.

The Panigale V4 and V4 S have been launched at an introductory price of Rs 20,53,000 & Rs 25,29,000 (ex-showroom, India) with deliveries starting in July 2018.

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